COVID-19 UPDATE: THE FRIENDS BOOKSHOP + GIFTSHOP WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY, 2 AUGUST 2021 If you have a book waiting for you, don't worry! It will still be there when we come back. Please, however, continue to support the Friends by visiting us online. You are very welcome to leave us a voicemail on 8207 7255, and it will be heard when we reopen. You are also welcome to email SLSAFriends@sa.gov.au and we'll respond as we are able. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Friends.
Friends of the State Library of South Australia have a passion for books, documents and other items of cultural significance to the people of South Australia.
From all walks of life, the Friends have supported the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) with a tradition of cultural philanthropy over eight decades, to enrich and promote its collections and treasures for scholarly and public interest.
the Friends began work in 1932
We run various events and programs of interest to a wide South Australian audience, including the monthly Tuesday Talk which is in partnership with the State Library of South Australia.
The Friends of the State Library of South Australia is the oldest library Friends group in Australia and arguably the most active, with links to many other well established Friends of libraries around the world. Our Australiana Publications sub-committee regularly issue very popular limited edition publications with a focus on Australia's exploration history.
Sponsors of our books receive a unique edition with a fore-edge painting (see below).
To visit the Friends in person, come to our home on the first floor, in the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue in the city, any time between 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday. The Institute Building is a beautiful heritage building on Adelaide's cultural boulevard. It is part of the State Library of South Australia and close to cafes and shops. Members may relax, read, buy a Friends' greeting card or an Australiana publication, or just take a break from a busy day.
Friends members are able to purchase books from the RGS at Members prices.